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When Having Less Fat Isn't Always Better

18:12 EDT 1 Aug 2017 | Discover Magazine

If the recent debate over being "fat but fit" taught us anything it's that our health is anything but binary. Carrying around a few extra pounds is by no means an indicator of overall health, and being slim doesn't guarantee longevity. As scientists tease apart the components of a individual fitness, they must consider cardiovascular, metabolic, mental and immune health, as well as other factors. Even when it comes to fat, new research confirms it may be less about how much we have and more

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